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Herb and Flower Yogurt Spread

Shop your yard for this sparkling spread! That’s about as local and seasonal as you can get!!

I’m an entertainer.

I don’t sing and dance (publicly ;-), but I like to invite people over for dinner.

That’s how I entertain.

When I’m creating the menu, I can easily pull together ideas for the dinner and dessert. Appetizers are where my spotlight dims. By the time I’ve shopped, prepped, cooked and set the table, the pre-dinner cocktails and small bites usually get shorted. Cheese, crackers, nuts, vegetables are my go-to happy hour appys.

So when Breton crackers offered a recipe contest, I said yes without hesitation because I saw it as an opportunity to broaden my appetizer repetoir.

Breton crackers offer a light, crispy texture and delicious flavor, making them the perfect appetizer cracker for any occasionThere are lots of flavors to choose from including Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains, Black Bean with Onion and Garlic, and Cranberry and Ancient Grain plus a couple of gluten free options. I went plain Jane because I didn’t want the cracker to compete with the flavors of the my herby floral dip. Breton’s original cracker is in its simplest form with a tender-crisp texture, making it an ideal partner for dips and spreads.

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Local, Seasonal, Simple and Inexpensive

To make this recipe I walked around the yard and picked a few herbs and flowers. That’s about as local, seasonal, and low maintenance as you can get. I’ve sprinkled herbs over cheese, rolled cheese balls in herbs, flavored butter with herbs, tossed herbs and flowers in salads, and frozen both in ice cubes. But a recipe for dandelion jelly made me look at weeds differently. If you aren’t a gardener, no problem, pick up herbs where you shop. Edible flowers may be found in the produce section, but don’t use those found in the floral department because they likely have been sprayed with some sort of life extender.

Shop your yard safely for edible flowers

  • Choose the edible varieties.
  • Use plants with either no pesticides or only pesticides labeled for edible crops and without the application of animal manure to the surrounding soil in the past four months.
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Herb and Flower Yogurt Spread

Why I like Herb and Floral Yogurt Spread

It’s my perfect solution for entertaining!

  • I drain the yogurt the day before, so no complicated steps.
  • I snip and clip from my own yard, so no extra trips to the store.
  • It comes together in less than 10 minutes, so is super quick and easy. I spoon it in a bowl or spread it on a slate board.
  • Crackers are a pantry item, so available when I need them.
  • The yogurt is a protein-rich, lower-fat, better-for-you option than most dips and spreads.
  • The flowers add some glam so people will notice this showstopper. We eat with our eyes and this is one of the prettiest dishes I’ve ever made. If you agree, please share it on Facebook or Twitter.

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Strain Yogurt

To strain yogurt, line a strainer or colander with coffee filters, paper towels, or cheese cloth. Spoon 2 cups plain yogurt into strainer. Set the strainer over a bowl. You want the strainer raised from the bottom of the bowl to it’s not sitting in the drained liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12-24 hours. The goal is to remove as much of the liquid whey as possible so the spread stays firm, not runny.

Since you picked a few colorful flowers and herbs, try these floral ice cubes!

Floral Ice Cubes | Don't you agree pretty taste better? Load your trays with berries, herbs and edible flowers. Extended pinky is optional. www.LiveBest.info

Flowered Ice Cubes

“I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

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Herb and Flower Yogurt Spread

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This yogurt-based dip sparkles with flowers and herbs.

  • Author: Judy
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt, or strain 2 cups yogurt to get the 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon torn herbs and flower petals, such as basil, tarragon, parsley, thyme, lavender, chives, dandelions, roses, calendula, nasturtiums, geraniums, pansies and Johnny-jump-ups
  • pinch of coarse salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • To strain yogurt  Line a strainer or colander with coffee filters, paper towels, or cheese cloth. Spoon yogurt into strainer. Set the strainer over a bowl. Nest the strainer in the bowl but you want the strainer raised from the bottom of the bowl to it’s not sitting in the drained liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12-24 hours. The goal is to remove as much of the liquid whey as possible so the spread is firm, not runny. Two cups yogurt will result in about a cup of strained yogurt.
  • Herb Spread: Spread yogurt on a food-safe plate. Sprinkle herbs, flower petals, salt and pepper over.
  • Dip may be chilled 3-4 hours before serving which also helps flavors develop.

Notes

One of the prettiest dishes. Ever! Herb and Flower Yogurt Spread is quick, easy and healthier appetizer than most dips and spreads. Plus it sparkles!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 30

 

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Comments

    1. Author

      Thanks, Deanna! Yes, walking around the yard to snip some color makes a quick and easy appetizer!

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